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Extended longevity of the pre-emerged adult cat flea (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae) and factors stimulating emergence from the pupal cocoon



Extended longevity of the pre-emerged adult cat flea (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae) and factors stimulating emergence from the pupal cocoon



Annals of the Entomological Society of America 786: 763-768



After the pupal-imaginal moult, the pre-emerged adult of Ctenocephalides felis felis remains quiescent inside the cocoon for varying periods of time. It has a lower respiratory demand than the emerged adult and its survival is considerably longer. Pressure and heat stimulate rapid emergence from the cocoon. In the absence of these stimuli, adults emerge gradually over several weeks, depending on ambient temperature, with the length of time spent in the cocoon related to prepupal weight.

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DOI: 10.1093/aesa/78.6.763


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